His Presence Changes Everything!

Greetings,

We just finished a great weekend of prophetic training in Bellingham. We were joined by my good friends Bill and Linda Jonson from Tallahassee, Florida. We activated, facilitated, and released about seventy guys and gals in the life-giving prophetic power of Christ. We had several healings, miraculous testimonies, and life-changing words. Last night there was a packed house as a team of about fifty ministered and Jesus walked into the room!

A culture of grace is dependent upon the manifest presence of Jesus in our lives. Grace happens at a revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Him in our lives, our lives are changed. When He walks into the room everything changes! The book the Apocalypse, the Revelation, is not about doom and gloom. It is about the person Jesus and what happens when He walks into the room. The apocalypse of Jesus Christ is about the person Jesus Christ. Each part of the book is a testimony of what happens when the person Jesus Christ walks into the room. The very 1st chapter is enough to stand on its own. Jesus loves us He has washed us in His blood. He stands in the midst of His Church. When we hear Him, we turn and we see Him and when we see Him something in us becomes like Him, because we see Him as he is. Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the voice behind us. He is the voice that invites us to have an encounter with Him. Every revelation from Him is an invitation to have an encounter with Him so that we can be transformed by Him and become something of that revelation. This is grace!

You can take the 22nd chapter of Revelation on its own and have a wonderful reality for today, yesterday, and the future. There is a river that flows from the throne room. It comes out of the human heart. It doesn’t flow through the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It flows through the tree of life. It produces generations of humanity that bring healing to sick nations and fruit that feeds the hungry. When you discover this river that flows out of you, you no longer look at what is right and what is wrong. You think, ‘how do I give life?’ ‘I want to give life to the world.’ As a result, the fruit of your life is what the world needs. The touch of your life brings healing to those who are sick. The blessing that is in you heals the curse that is around you. It is a wonderful revelation! We saw the life-giving river of God flow last night in a powerful way as many were refreshed, envisioned, revived, transformed, and healed.

Chapter 21 of Revelation can also stand by itself. We could just take it and discover a great revelation of God’s grace. Look Up! There is a community coming out of heaven filling our lives. Things that reveal the character and nature of God are filling our hearts. God’s grace is working in us and the very pressures we find ourselves in are proving to be opportunities for God’s grace to cause our lives to shine. The many facets of God’s passion, love, victory, forgiveness, and life-giving power are at work in us. The destiny of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God is being seen beneath our feet as a path for God’s glory is being set before us. We are being established upon the way and the path of God. God’s presence in us is empowering us to become a community of God in the earth. Even the gates of our lives are like pearls. Pearls are the result of wounds in the heart of an oyster. When an oyster is wounded, it releases enzymes and minerals from within that form a beautiful testimony. It is like our lives. When something wounding happens in lives, it can be a source of offence or it can be the source of a testimony of God’s love. An ugly thing happens to the oyster, but the oyster isn’t overcome by the ugly thing. It releases what is inside of it and turns the ugly thing into a pearl. If you ever go to one of those places where you can buy an oyster to find a pearl, be sure to pick the ugliest oyster. The ugliest shell usually contains the pearl. The pearl came because the oyster was wounded. The peal is a symbol of love. You can make a necklace, a bracelet, or a ring and it is a symbol of love. It’s an intimate love. It’s a lover’s love or even a father’s love. It is love that testifies of tender care. It is a love that reveals that the giver wants to spend the rest of their life with you. The pearl is a symbol of tenderness and intimate love. Like the wounding of an oyster, what the enemy intends for evil turns into a testimony of the Father’s love. The ugliest moments of our lives become pearls that others can see. People will get into this community by a testimony of love. The gates of the community are gates of pearl. They are gates that reveal a testimony of love. The community of God is filled with people who could have ugly testimonies. The potentially ugly people have become the most beautiful people in the world. It is a revelation of Jesus. A work of grace is the appealing invitation to enter the community of God.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Grace Happens When We See Him!

Greetings,

Well the snow is past and the sun is now shining in my part of the world. I had a great week last week with lots of snow encounters, grandpa and grandchildren experiences, ambushes by God in our Christ Life Training sessions, and a good weekend in my home church. God is good.

I have been addressing the subject of a culture of grace and what a community of people empowered by God’s grace look like. The foundation of the community of God, is God! He is who He is and He is secure in who He is. It is His security and His identity that sets the foundation for the community of God in heaven and upon the earth.

When asked by Moses as to who He was, God’s simple answer was one of security – “I Am”. He didn’t explain who He was. He didn’t explain what He does. He didn’t explain how He created the universe and how He redeems things and restores things. He didn’t explain how quickly He can do miracles. He simply said, “I Am”. I think the big I Am wanted all the little ‘i am’s’ to know who they are. The community of God is filled with loved people. It is God’s love that reveals to each on who they are. “I am a child of God. I am a son of God. I am a daughter of God. I am the bride of Christ.” The Dad wants the children to know that they are like Him. We are little ‘I am’ s’  in the testimony of the big I Am! Grace empowers me to be who I am where law only required me to be an I do, but even a parrot can be taught to say, praise the lord. But only a son or a daughter can say to their heavenly Father, “You are the excellence of my life!” The future is in our thinking. Who are we?

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

Gird up the loins of your mind and be sober. To be sober doesn’t mean to be sad. It means to be purposed. Gird up the loins of your mind and be purposed. Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is brought to you at a revelation of Jesus Christ, not a revelation about Jesus Christ. A revelation of Him. When you see Him, your world changes. When you see Him in your heart, your heart changes. When you see Him in your circumstance, your circumstance changes.

I have a wonderful everyday experience that allows me to understand this verse better. When I come home from a trip my grandson loves to come and see me at my house. He will come to my house and ring my front door bell. He is looking forward to seeing me. He knows that anything that he may have done that was bad while I was gone doesn’t matter to me. He knows that I love him and he can’t wait to be with me. When he rings the bell at my door he has an expectation of me coming to see who it is. He will hide under the front bench on my porch. When I am away on a trip he loves seeing me on the computer through face time, but if he can get in the same room with me the atmosphere and the reality of his life changes. When he knows that I am home, he has an expectation of only good things. He comes to my house and he will ring my door bell several times. I will get up from my chair and he knows that I am going to get out of my chair. I am going to make some noise, I will say, “who’s ringing my door bell?” Who’s ringing my door bell? Is there someone at my door?” Now, he will be excited at this point! He will hide under the bench I have on the front porch. He is not hiding because He doesn’t want me to find him. He knows I will find him. He has a need. His world has been missing grandpa, but now grandpa is home. He has an expectation. He wants to experience a world with grandpa in it. The word revelation in 1 Peter 1:13 (grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ), is a great word. It is the word apocalypse. It doesn’t mean doom and gloom. It is an unveiling or revealing of what could not be seen before. An apocalypse of grandpa would be a revelation that, here he is! When my grandson sees me as I find him beneath the bench, his whole world changes! He experiences a change in his heart and a change in his mind. My grandson wants an experience with who I am, because he knows that who I am will cause wonderful things to happen in his heart, his mind, and in his everyday world. This is the way it is with grace and a revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Him in our room, everything changes! Expect to see Jesus in your life today! Grace comes at a revelation of Him in your room!

I will bend down and my grandson will see me. He will leap into my arms! He will smell me and feel me! He will experience me. I am no longer a picture on a computer screen. I am no longer a promise. I am grandpa and here I am! Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ. When you smell Him and experience Him and He is no longer a page in a book. When He is no longer a promise, but He is in your world and now your world changes! The whole environment changes because grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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We Have a Future – We are His Children

Greetings,

Yesterday I was at Everyone’s church in Mt. Vernon, Washington. We had a great time together and we renewed our focus on God’s presence, God’s counsel, God’s life through us to others, and God’s desires given to us. This is our focus for 2017. God’s grace is working in our lives and we are the people of God. We are His family and good things are being worked out in our lives.

God takes what the enemy intended for evil in our lives and He turns it for good. I don’t believe that He is not in control of every detail; I believe that He is in charge of every detail. He is not a distant God who does not want a relationship with human beings. He has not just simply sovereignly determine the future. He has determined the future with an intimate relationship with a wonderful family. In this process of grace, the internal realities of God kingdom have to manifest. So, we face pressure, but we persevere. We are moving beyond the place of internal Passover to internal Pentecost. We are moving to ultimately know internal Tabernacles. God is our God, we are God’s people, and we live together with Him in all things.

God wants us to know in our hearts that church is not a place we go, it is something we are. We don’t just go there for training or Sunday service. We are the church! We are each part of the Provers 31 woman. We know who our Husband is. We are dealing in the real-estate of the earth on behalf of our family name. We carry the family name; the family character, nature, way, power, and authority. We are the church. We are each sons and daughters. We are overcomers. We are facing pressure and we are finding grace to cheerfully endure. We are cheerfully enduring and the testimony of Christ within us is transforming our hearts and our minds. The power of God in us is stronger than the pressure that is against us and what is manifesting is character from within. That character is the family of God character. Wow! That is not like us! It is a gift. It is not a discipline of the flesh; it is a transformation of the flesh. Wow! We are becoming loving! We are becoming merciful! It is a transformation in our hearts and minds by the power of God’s grace. We used to want to kill them, but now life within us is killing what wants to kill! We are changing from within! We are finding grace. We are persevering and character is manifesting and then we see hope. It is something inside of us. It is manifesting!

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

In this verse, Peter is talking to believers; human beings who have discovered that God loves them. They are not better than other human beings, they have just discovered God’s love. This verse implies that the loins are in the mind. It implies that our future is in our thinking. The world does not gird up the loins of their mind. The world doesn’t have their loins in their mind, they have their mind in their loins. In other words, their future is in the desires of their flesh. They can even have a good intention and a good heart, but they do not put their hope in what God can do in them. They see their future as dependent upon their own human abilities. Their future is determined by what they think, they can do, or what they want to do. God knows that there is a better way. He knows that each of us are good at doing what we want to and not so good at what we are told to do. This is why He wants to put His life-giving desires within our hearts and minds. Those with religious thinking seek to impose rules upon themselves and upon others to bind their desires in some way. Law makes slaves out of all of us even though it is filled with good ideas and good commands. It turns us into slaves. It causes our view of God to change. Law alone causes us to think that God is a Master. It causes us to think that God needs things from us. He needs us to love Him. He needs us to worship Him. He needs us to act right. He needs us to obey. God does not need any of those things from us. When we do those things, it doesn’t change who He is and when we don’t do those things it still doesn’t change who He is. When we obey Him, He doesn’t love us more and when we disobey Him, He doesn’t love us less. I know this is true, because when we were sinners He died for us. When everyone was as bad as they could be, He didn’t love us less. It was not upon the cross that He loved us. It was before the cross that He loved us, therefore He was willing to embrace the cross because He loved us. Sin never created a problem for God towards us, it created a problem from us towards Him. Sin prevented us from seeing God for who He is and thus we could never come to Him and become who we were meant to be. We were unholy because we lived separate from Him. Living with Him would transform our lives to become holy as He is. Sin prevented us from seeing who we really are. On our best day we perceived that we were servants and God is a Master, but He never saw us as servants and Himself as a Master. He saw us as children and for this He sent His Son to redeem us from our fallen state of thinking. Our future is only found through Christ in us and Christ in us will empower the thinking of our hearts and minds to be that of children of a Father who loves us. This is the environment of grace and it creates an atmosphere of life for who we are meant to be. It is not about what we can do for Him. It is about who we are in Him.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Pressure Reveals His Grace

Greetings,

Today I am writing once again from Bellingham. It is a blessing to be at home and yesterday was another wonderful day at ALife. Pastor Jonathan did a great job and God was in the house. We are having some great times in our Christ Life Training sessions as well.

God’s mercy has given us peace with God through Jesus Christ. Our sins are forgiven and we have a Father who loves us. We also have access to God to find His grace that empowers us to stand in life.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The apostle Paul prayed that the eyes of the hearts of believes would see the hope of the calling of Christ, the riches of His inheritance that is in believers as His set apart ones, and the supernatural power of His Sprit within them. Christ made the church the fullness of Him and He and the church are above all principalities, powers, might, dominions, and names.

Ephesians 1:18 …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Underneath the feet of the church, underneath our feet, are principalities, powers, might, dominions, and names This is true in every age. God has given us grace to stand! Standing implies overcoming and it implies inheritance. We are overcomers who grow up to be fathers. We mature to give life to the world and to live for the wellbeing of others. Our hope is the glory of God. We are standing to become sons and daughters of God. What does this process look like?

Romans 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The process includes tribulation, pressure, and resistance. We are standing to overcome things that don’t want to change, but seek to change us. These can be disappointing things that we are appointed to bring hope to. These things resists us, only so we can overcome them and bring life to the world around us. These things that resist us seek to remain seated in the high places of our hearts! They are not going to change! They are going to change you! But, we stand to find God’s grace to overcome. We boldly come to the throne of grace to find grace! The resistance is not really trying to destroy us, we have been sent to destroy the resistance. We are manifesting who we really are. We are sons and daughters of God. We are children, but we are also maturing sons and daughters. We are overcomers! We are like our Father! We must persevere!

The word preserver implies a cheerful endurance. It is not simply holding on. It is a cheerful endurance. It is an overcoming endurance. The Greek word for endurance is g5281. ὑπομονή hypomonē; from 5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy.

To overcome, we must cheerfully endure. We cannot just stand in the pressure and exist. We can’t just be strong. We must take on an overcoming attitude in our endurance. We persevere! This is what activates the grace of God in our lives. The grace of God is the presence of Holy Spirit in our lives that changes us. It is God in our lives and He gives us the power to overcome in every situation. The pressure of the world around us, or the way of the world within us, might be trying to get us to not act as a child of God, but God’s grace empowers us to manifest as sons and daughters of God in the midst of every pressure. The external pressures of our lives cannot outweigh the glory of the presence of Christ within our hearts. Grace is an overcoming power in our lives. He changes us from the inside out and then that change is manifest in our lives. Others can see it! Grace causes us to manifest who we are in Christ. Darkness is pushing against us, but we are light. Sickness is coming against us, but we are the substance of healing. This can even include the practical reality of sickness and healing. There is internal reality of the kingdom of God within us. It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is an internal knowing that God is our God. There is an internal knowing that God and us are never distanced, thus heavenly things begin to manifest outwardly in our lives. An internal knowing of the joy of living with God’s presence in all things. He gives us life, and breath, and all things. Within our hearts we find the place where God shares His heart with us and we share our heart with Him. The power of Christ within us is a transforming power of life from within us. It is the power of God’s grace that changes our hearts and minds. He transforms our desires and our thoughts by the power of His presence. Grace is released through the supernatural power of Christ in our hearts!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Grace Saves Our Souls

Greetings;

Today I am writing from Bellingham after a great weekend at the home church of Alife. I was blessed to preach and will be releasing the message and the prophetic word I gave for the present season as soon as it is available. It was a great weekend and I am blessed to be home.

We are the family of God, a place that God lives. We are not just a place that God visits. We are a place that God lives. Jesus came to find His body, the house of God’s dwelling in the earth. God has always wanted a place of dwelling in the earth. God dwells in and among His family and His family is a family empowered by and motivated by God’s grace. The grace of God is His manifest presence in and among us to cause us to become a testimony of all that we should be in Him.

In the family of God there are children, young men and women, and fathers, and mothers. John wrote in the book of 1 John in regards to these levels of maturity in the family of God. These degrees of maturity express the various aspects of God’s love in His family. We must have the attitude of little children with and expectation of God’s love. We must seek to grow in our ability to be like God in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. We must embrace the journey of becoming men and women who overcome all wickedness by the power of His grace. Embracing the process of overcoming is not just for our sakes, but for the sake of others in this world. Our aim must be to live for the sake of others. Our goal is to attain to a level of maturity that manifests the attributes of our heavenly Father here upon the earth. As spiritual dads and moms we must seek to live to give life to those that God has given to us. We are to be the family of God with the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God’s love.

How do we become a family where our character is a character of love? What does that look like in everyday life? As the people of God, we are not to be people who play church and live in some isolated bubble of God’s glory. We are people like all people on planet earth. We are dads, moms, brothers, sisters, friends, and neighbors. We are business men, farmers, office workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, inventers, astronauts, lawyers, carpenters, fabricators, and all the things found in the practical world of everyday life. We are human beings like all other human beings, but in Christ we can take on the character and attributes of what humans should look like. Many people get an idea that Christ came into their lives so they could simply have a nice time in the earth until they go to heaven. I believe that God came to redeem us in our purpose as human beings. I enjoy the practical pleasures, conveniences, and tools of an everyday life. Driving in my truck is an upgrade to riding a horse as my sole means of transportation. I believe that everyday things are also the blessing of God in the earth, but we must possess them and they must never possess us. I believe that we can have the character of God’s family in the midst of being progressive in the practicalities of an everyday world.

We must be people of mercy and grace. Knowing that we have a Father who loves us and that our sins are forgiven is a foundation for understanding God’s mercy. That alone is not enough to inspire us to be different than we were before we came to Christ. God expects us to grow in maturity in Him to become as we should be. God’s mercy is a testimony of God’s love towards us, God’s grace is the testimony of God’s love working in us. Only God’s grace can inspire us to change to become as we should be in this world. Who we were outside of Christ is not who we were meant to be. Outside of Christ we were living a lie. We were not true to the character, nature, way, power, or authority of who God is. We were created in the likeness and the image of God and we must return to Him to be as we were meant to be in Him. All humans should be an example of the likeness and image of God to the creatures of the world. We must start as some people to be a testimony to all people of what this can become.

We do not present an image of people that can simply do anything or an image that just acts any way we want. We do not present a human image that is controlled or contained to a pretend action of obedience or pretend good. Law controls us, but grace transforms us. Law restrains our actions, but grace liberates our actions to finally be life-giving expressions for the sake of love. Law is a hard-fast, unchangeable rule. Grace is an internal force of love that brings about change with a transforming power of metamorphosis in our lives. Metaphorically speaking, we were supposed to be a butterfly, but we were born as a caterpillar. We were destined to fly, but we were born crawling. We need to experience a metamorphosis in Christ. We need a change of character, nature way, power, and authority. We misunderstand grace because we have redefined salvation. We say by grace we are saved, but we often think that by grace we will be saved when we die. God wants our souls to be saved. Our souls are the bridge between our spirits and our physical lives. In Johns third letter he wrote concerning the key to health in an everday world.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

God wants us to prosper in all things and to be in health, but it can only happen to the degree that our souls prosper. It includes our desires, our thoughts, our reasoning, our imagination, and our emotions. The healthier our thoughts are, the healthier our reasoning is. The healthier our reasoning is, the healthier our imagination becomes. The healthier our desires are, the healthier our emotions will be. The healthier our soul becomes, the heathier our lives will be. We will have a prosperous life is we have a prosperous soul.

I am a husband to Bonnie. She doesn’t need me to be a husband. She needs me to be her husband. She needs me to dwell with her and to understand her. She needs me to see how expensive she is and to treat her accordingly. She needs me to rule and rein in life with her beside me in all things. Bonnie Hanson doesn’t need a husband, she needs Ted Hanson to be her husband. This means I cannot just find a recipe or a method to be a husband. I must become empowered from within to be her husband. My son Jonathan, my son Aaron, and my daughter Joanna don’t just need a dad. The need me to be their dad. Jonathan doesn’t need me to be Aaron’s dad, he needs me to be Jonathan’s dad. Aaron needs me to be Aaron’s dad. Joanna needs me to be Joanna’s dad. I must become who I am for each of them. I go to certain congregations as a minister. Those places don’t need a minister. They need me to be who God says I am for them. I need discover who God says I am for them. I cannot get it from a sermon book. I cannot get who my wife needs me to be from a marriage book. A marriage book can inspire me, but I must discover God’s grace that makes me who I am for her. I must constantly grow and mature. My wife does not need the husband she married forty years ago. She needs a better husband than that. She needs the husband that has been growing in maturity for forty years. The churches I go to need me be the minister who has been growing in maturity in the process of divine connection and relationship. What is going to cause us to be who we are to be today is embracing the power of God’s grace in our lives each day. We must see Jesus in our lives now, today. We must embrace the changes that comes in our desires, our thinking, our reasoning, our strategies, our emotions, and our imaginations. God grace is able to save our souls!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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It is By Faith – Peace and Grace

Greetings;

I have just finished another great weekend with my church family in Deming, New Mexico. We had a great time and God challenged us to become the light of life in the community. We are New Covenant people of life and our culture is one of mercy and grace. Mercy ends our past and grace empowers our future in all things. God’s grace empowers us and helps us in all our needs.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

What is our need? We probably give at least 90% of our focus to things when it comes to needs. We do need things. We have bills and other expenses that require God’s help. We need healings. We need direction. These things are good, but I believe that the greatest power of overcoming is not what we get from God, but what become because of Him. Our greatest need is to become fathers and mothers who live to give life to others. God’s grace empowers each of us to become someone who is life to others. To become like God in our character. To become like our family should be in character and way. To be love.

Love is giving your life to give life to another. That is different than just giving your life for another. Without God, I cannot give my life to give life to another in the way it should be. I can give my life, but not in a way that gives life. Jesus died on the cross and it was His judgment of mercy that forgave us of our sins, but that is not the ultimate reason that He died. He died so He could live. Through His death we have mercy, but only through His eternal life can we find grace. The power to become like Him is the power to overcome and it can only be found through a living encounter with Him who is alive. The issue is not where are we going to go when we die. Mercy is enough to determine where we go when we die. The issue is where are we living now. Eternal life is to know God the Father and Jesus the Son.

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The real issues is His kingdom come and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. How do we become increasingly transformed to become a testimony of sons and daughters of God? How do we become the real thing? God’s grace empowers us to become who we were meant to be. How we were naturally born is not how we were meant to be. God’s grace grants us the power to overcome every challenge to our true identity in Christ and it is the power of God’s presence that restores everything that has been lost in our family destiny. We were born again to accept a headship in our families that causes even generational things to be transformed in our family households. What was lost before our time can be redeemed in the family. What was bound in the future can be unbound and things never seen or heard before can come. It is in His presence that we find grace.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Faith justifies us to have peace with God. This is a testimony of mercy. There is no gap between God and us. That is peace. It is not because of anything we did, but everything He did. He made it so our sins are forgiven. He reconciled us. He reconnected us to our Father. This is another way of saying our sins are forgiven and we have a Father who loves us. We have peace with God. There is no gap between us and Him. We have access to His house. This even describes our destiny when we die. This verse guarantees us heaven when we die. When we know Him, we can know this. It comes by faith. When we hear Him in our hearts it is made real in our lives. It becomes real in our lives when we boldly come to His throne and receive our gift. It is true for all human beings, but each of us must come to Him to receive our gift. When we boldly come, and receive His mercy we know His peace. There is no more shame or condemnation. It doesn’t matter what we have done or who we are.

Romans 5:2 …through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Standing implies overcoming. Standing is a prophetic term for possessing the land and receiving the inheritance given to us by God. The Bible teaches that the enemy is under the soles of our feet. Jesus is held up in the heavens until all His enemies are placed under the soles of His feet. The feet of Jesus are the feet of the body of Christ. The enemies of God and the life of God are to be under the feet of people like us. Wickedness is overcome and we stand upon our possession. We stand upon our inheritance. God doesn’t just want us to go to heaven when we die. He wants us to invade the earth with heaven’s goodness. He doesn’t just want us to have laws that deal with injustice issues. He wants to transform human character so people no longer act unjust. He wants to change the hearts and minds of humanity so they are not under a law, but they are empowered by grace and their lives cast a shadow that looks like law. A law looks like thou shall not commit adultery, but grace says, Honey I Iove you. You are a one and only! You are the one and only in my life! I could never want to consider thinking of another because my heart is constantly empowered and transformed to love you more. To those who don’t understand this grace, they can look at my life and think I live by a law that says you shall not commit adultery, but it is really the power of grace that empowers me in my heart and mind to love my wife as I should.

It is great to be the place where God lives. Not just a place where God visits, but a place where God lives. God has always wanted a place of dwelling in the earth. That is His family. The family of God lives with a culture of grace.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Place of Finding Grace

Greetings;

Today I am writing from Castlegar, BC, Canada. I just finished a great weekend with my friend Henry Schmidt and some hungry children of God in the Kootenays. God is transforming us to become people of love, because God is the power of love in our lives.

God doesn’t need anything from anyone. He is not like the gods of the world that must take something from humanity in order to be something to humanity. God doesn’t take anything from us to be who He is. He gives to us life, breath, and all things because of who He is. He is the author, the giver, and the sustainer of life.

If we are children of God we want to grow up become like Him in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. Fathers and mothers in the family of God live to give life, breath, and all things to others. We don’t seek to be equal with God, we simply want to act like Him. We want to take on His characteristics. We don’t seek to be competitive with Him or to be God. We live to be something of His likeness and image. We seek the upward call to have His character, His nature and way, and to walk in His life-giving power and authority. That is a father. John says that fathers have known Him who is from the beginning. What causes us to become fathers? It is a revelation of who God is. It is a revelation of how faithful He is, how life-giving He is, how able He is to give us the expressions of our way. Fathers have a revelation of how able God is to give us all things. We should look to see who are those among us who are fathers who give us that example and then we should aspire to become fathers too. We should seek to become someone that others can look at and know that we have known Him who is from the beginning.

A father is also someone who maintains the expectant attitude of a little child. He knows his sins are forgiven and he has a Father who loves him. In between is the testimony where grace works. To be a little child we need mercy. That gets us out of the old kingdom. Mercy! Our sins are forgiven! Mercy! Wow, God loves me! That is the entrance to grace. A father knows God’s mercy, but they have also discovered God’s grace. A father can be merciful and gracious because a father has known God’s mercy and discovered His grace.

The place of finding grace is in the journey in between being children and fathers. It is the place of overcoming. This is the testimony of young men and young women. Young men have overcome the wicked one. They are strong in God and strong in His word to overcome the wicked one. The idea is to overcome the wicked one. The process is one of becoming strong in God’s word and strong in Him. God’s grace makes us strong in God and strong in His Word. It is something that God does in us because of what He did for us. Mercy is the result of something God did for us, but grace is the testimony of what God can do in us. God’s mercy gives us the right to overcome the wicked one, but God’s grace gives us the power to overcome the wicked one. The wicked one is not trying to destroy us. It looks like that and it feels like that at times. It even has that experience when we don’t understand what is really going on. The truth is that God sees us as the antidote to every wicked one. We are the light of the world. The wicked one would be darkness, but God declares we are light. He declares we are the salt of the world. Salt is covenant life. Salt preserves. It draws the flavor out of food. In the world, there is decay and death, but we are the salt that preserves. We are the life force sent to death. We are the healing balm sent to the disease. The wicked one is the disease, but we are the healing grace. Disease is not trying to destroy us, we have been mandated to destroy the disease. We are like trees whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. We are like trees with fruit that feeds the hungry. It is not a war between the enemy trying to destroy us and us trying to protect ourselves. The real issue is; do we know who we are and are we seeking to live as who we are? Mercy allows us to hear, we have a Father and our sins are forgiven. Grace empowers us to know we are sons of God and greater is He who is in us that He who is in the world. We are sons of God and we can overcome all wickedness because the overcoming One is in us. Grace empowers us to know Christ in us is the hope of glory. Christ in each of us is the hope of the full story. Grace empowers us to discover that we have a treasure inside of this earthen vessel and the excellence of the power is not of ourselves, but it is of Christ. Light is shining out of darkness!

We have this treasure inside of us and at the moment of our brokenness the light of glory shines through. It is not about us and the devil. It is about each one of us and our Father. It is about us and our brothers and our sisters. It is about us bringing life to this world. If the enemy wants to try to get in our way, we are light to darkness. We are life to death, because the One who is Light and Life is in us. We must grow up in Christ. We must discover who we are. Grace is the power of God in us.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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A Higher Standard

Greetings,

Happy New Year! We have transitioned from 2016 to 2017! I am excited to be in the new year and a new season to see all that God is going to do. I am always excited to see a season with unseen things. God does great work in unseen situations! I will look to the kingdom of God and the tree of life in this season and not the kingdoms of the world!

When we were in the world, we lived with the justice systems of right and wrong. Although certain things are right and certain things are wrong, our standard of living is not meant to be ruled by the control of right or wrong. The rule of life in the kingdom of God is an empowerment and a motivation of life and love. This is more powerful than living by law or even mere conscience. The kingdoms of the world use those measurements as standards to live by. When we live by the standards of the kingdoms of the world this is the rule of life. Without realizing it, we decide what is right and what is wrong and we are always the ones who are right and everyone else is wrong.

In America, we just had a very controversial election. I have many Christian friends that were involved in the election and even among God’s people everyone has a measurement of what is right and what is wrong. Of course, everyone is right and everyone who is right knows that everyone else is wrong. Those who voted right are appalled at those who voted wrong, even to the point that they are ready to unfriend one another in the social media networks because there so called friends were wrong. This is not just the world, but even those who say they are the church. These are Spirit filled, tongue talking Christians. I conclude this, that sometimes as Christians we forget who we are and what it is that makes us who we are. Although who we are affects the kingdoms of the world we are not part of the kingdoms of the world. We are salt and light in the kingdoms of the world. We are part of the kingdoms of the world in the sense that we will bring light amid the chaos, but we must always return to the place where miracles can happen. It is the simple place with a foundation of knowing we have a Father who loves us and our sins are forgiven. I want to go to every believer and say look at your brother and sister now and see them how their Father sees them. They have a Father and He loves them so you can look at how they voted and forgive them.

In everyday life, we are facing the days, weeks, months, and years ahead of us. We are facing a lifetime! What are we going to be in this world? Are we going to be a human being that lives with a testimony of a culture of God’s grace? It begins with being a child of God. We have a Father and our sins are forgiven. The apostle John also addressed the goal when he wrote to fathers. He said, I write you fathers because you have known Him who is from the beginning. In the culture of the kingdom we should be able to find people who are fathers, we can include mothers. These are people who are mature in their character and they live as examples of what we are to become. Everyone of us should have a goal to increasingly become fathers and mothers for the sake of others. A father is someone who lives for the sake of the family. When we take on the character of a father, we no longer live for the sake of ourselves, but we live to give life, facilitate life, and see every family member become life. When we live as fathers we live for the sake of the nations and the generations. We live for the purpose of God’s kingdom in this world and to eternity. We are disciplers of people. Fathers live for those who are beyond their own lives. Fathers seek first the kingdom of God. They live for the produce that comes from their barns. They live for the purpose of the wine that comes from their vats. Fathers have a revelation; they weren’t born for the comfort zones of their own houses. Everything that we have been given and everything that we are is for the sake of others.

These are the attributes of fathers: I am a blessed business men for the sake of those who need employment. I am a blessed father in my home to raise my children to become who they are destined to be. I am a teacher in this school so all my students can rise to their highest call in life. I am a farmer of produce to provide the best food for those in need. It is real and practical, not just a spiritual reality in the church. Children of God want to be like God when they grow up and God is not a God who masters and lords over people. He is a Father who gives life, breath, and all things to all people. We must seek to do our part in helping others find God’s life, be expressions of God’s life, and bring God’s blessing to the spiritual and practical realities of their lives.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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It Begins By Knowing Who You Are

Greetings,

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas with family or friends. We celebrated quite merry at the Hanson house. The home was filled with the sounds of family – a heritage of little children, sons, daughters, dads and moms, and grandpas and grandmas. Life is good! Family is a wonderful blessing and gift from God.

What does it mean to be the family of God with a culture of grace? I have been addressing John’s letter to the church in regards to children, fathers, and sons in community of God. When we read the entire book of first John we will discover that the theme is the love of God and how His love is made known by our love for one another. Love is not a pretended action. It is the substance and character of our family. We love each other. What is it that makes that happen? How do we become the family of God where our character is a character of love? What does that look like in everyday life? It is not something we do in a place we call the church. It is the substance of who we are as the church. We are dads, moms, brother, sisters, businessmen, teachers, farmers, inventors, government officials, and people in an everyday world with a diversity of everyday lives. We are human beings like all other human beings, but we are taking on the character of what human beings should look like. That character is an expression of of our Father in heaven. Sometimes we think that to have the character of Christ we have to quit having aspirations for success in the world. We get this idea that Christ came into our lives so we can just have a nice time until we go to heaven. I believe that God came to redeem our purpose as human beings. He didn’t just come so we would have a relationship with Him and go to heaven when we die. The blessing of the righteous even enables an environment for increased blessings in the everyday things of life. I enjoy the fact that I drove my truck to get to where I needed to go this past week. It was faster and warmer than walking. It smelled better than a horse. I think it is an advancement of something positive in the earth. I don’t think it is an invention of the devil. I believe we can have the character of God’s family in the midst of being progressive in our abilities as humanity. Having tangible blessings and riches is not a problem as long as those things do not have us.

In first John chapter two John addressed three categories of people in the family of God. Little children, fathers, and sons. He said that little children know their sins are forgiven and little children know their father. We should always be like little children in our hearts. Not little children in the sense of never growing up, but little children in our expectancy, willingness, and our eagerness for life. We should be like little children in our innocence and our curiosity. My grandchildren always want to do what I do. They are willing. They want to know. My grandson thinks he is as old as I am. We should always have an attitude of a little child. When we wake in the morning our attitude should confess that we have a Father who loves us and our sins are forgiven. We are not trying to see how many sins we can do; we just know that when we make a mistake it doesn’t change our Father’s love for us. There is always this atmosphere. I am a child of God and I have a Father who loves me. We should always have that characteristic of being little children.

I went hunting again this year, because I like to hunt. Some of you don’t like to hunt, but I do and God likes me. He knows I like to hunt. I am like a little child in the woods when I hunt. What about you in your everyday life? Do you have the attitude of a little child? You are going to make some decisions that could be risky but you have a Father who loves you and your sins are forgiven. You are not going to try to sin today. You will make every effort in your heart to look for love in the right place to receive direction from God in your heart but you might make a mistake, you are not going to purposely try to make a mistake, but you might make one. If you do it is ok. You are a child of God and your Father loves you.  That doesn’t give you an excuse to sin, but rather inspire you to try to not do any sins at all. But you know your day begins with knowing that you have a Father who loves you.

When Jesus was about to inherit His Father’s business, He had concluded that His Father was God and not Joseph the carpenter. He was at the age of 30 where a Jewish man could go into partnership with his dad and become a living inheritor in the family business. Jesus didn’t go to Joseph to inherit the carpenter business; He went to God His Father to receive His part as a living partner in the inheritance of the nations. This was His purpose when He went to John to be baptized in the river Jordan.  He was about to face serious business, risky business, business that would ultimately cost Him His life. It was business that would require Him to walk in the power to cast out devils and heal the sick. It was a business that would require Him to do miracles. As He was baptized in the river Jordan by John He heard the voice of God. Everyone around Him heard it. This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. This is my Son; I really love Him. This is my Son; I am very pleased with Him. When Jesus was about to face His journey of the Father’s inheritance, bringing life to the nations, He had to hear the sound from Heaven that confirmed He was a child of God and He had a Father who loved Him. We don’t know if He had done any miracles prior to this. The Bible doesn’t say. His mother Mary knew He could do things when they were at the wedding and the wine had run out, so perhaps He had done some things before. In any case, the foundation for Jesus being secure in His identity was not one of knowing His gifting, but of knowing who His Father was. It was knowing that He was loved.

A culture of grace begins with knowing who we are. For us to know who we are we must receive a judgment that frees us from who we used to be. We used to be people who were independent and disconnected from God, but now we know that God is our Father and we are His children for His glory in this life. Mercy has ended our old life and grace is empowering who we are in Him.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Finding Grace in the Throne Room of Grace

Greetings,

I have just finished a great time in England with Impact Community Church in the Manchester area and the folks of NEDCF in Clay Cross. The presence of God was drawn by the hunger of His family in these places. Holy Spirit is moving in the hearts of men and women with His New Covenant life and grace. Thank you to all who welcomed me and made it possible for God’s word to be spoken freely. This blog is a few hours late, but I will post it when I land in Seattle after a long day of travel. I am continuing with the subject of a culture of grace.

The kingdoms of the world find their roots in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, while the internal kingdom of heaven has its roots in the goodness of God’s tree of life. This is the family of God that is made available to the kingdoms of the world through a personal relationship with God by His Holy Spirit through the blood covenant of Jesus Christ, the begotten Son of God. The internal kingdom of heaven is a kingdom with an administration of grace while the kingdoms of the world are manifestation of an administration of law and conscience though the information of good and the information of evil. The kingdoms of the world leave men bound to a mere knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil but they leave men bound from understanding the power of God’s love and administration of grace.

The entrance to grace is through a verdict of mercy! The justice system of the knowledge of good and evil demands a verdict of right or wrong, but our ability to be just always comes up short in some way. The true issues of justice are found in the human heart and mind, thus only a transformation of the heart and mind can render true change that leads to life. This is only found in the power of God’s grace. The presence of God’s Spirit within our hearts is the only means of bringing about true change. Christ in us is the only hope of glory. To find this, we must discover God’s mercy that ends our past and God’s grace that empowers our lives to change in the character, nature, way, power, and authority of who we are. God invites us to experience mercy and to find grace. He wants us to grow up and become a testimony of those who are merciful and gracious. God’s grace helps us in our times of need.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We have many times of needs. We need a job. We need provision. We need love. All human beings have these needs. Jesus instructed us not to worry about the things that people in the world worry about. He said those are the prayers of people who don’t know God. He said that our Father in heaven knows we need the practical realities of life and the practical needs of the human soul. He knows we need them before we even ask. He said we are not to seek those things. We are to seek the kingdom of God. All those things will be added to us.

Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Since Jesus instructed us not to pray for the needs of our lives, what does it really mean for us to find grace in our time of need? I am going to propose that grace is not just so we can get our needs met, but to become the substance of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of our family. We are called to be the likeness and the image of our Father in heaven. Our Father will meet our need, but God’s grace empowers us to become His family in the midst of the families of the world.

What is my real need? My real need is to look like my heavenly Father when I grow up. My real need is that I look like a child of God. It is not to pretend, but to manifest as a legitimate child of God with the character, nature, way, power and authority of Christ. I become like Him, therefore I act like Him in all things. This is my real need. I believe that this is the real need of each and every one of us as children, sons, and fathers in the family of God.

We must become the family of God in the midst of the families of the world. The greatest need in the nations is the family of God. In America, we just had elections and half the people are happy and half the people are angry. But the greatest need in America is not a president, but the family of God. Our present circumstances are surely enough to manifest something. In the world there are justice systems of information based upon a knowledge of good and evil. In the kingdom of God the justice system is one of the Father’s love. His grace makes us strong in Him and strong in His word, so no wicked thing can overcome us. Maturing sons and daughters of God can actually overcome every wicked thing. Our enemy is every wicked thing, but every wicked thing is not waring against us. We have been called to overcome every wicked thing! We have been called to war against every wicked thing! Every wicked attitude, every wicked action, and every death consuming, death attacking thing is to be beneath our feet as sons and daughters of God! This includes every dysfunction of life and every dysfunction of relationship.

Dysfunction of relationship is not waring against us. We are to overcome dysfunction in relationships. Hate is not waring against us. We are to overcome hate. Poverty is not waring against us. We are to overcome poverty. This is not just the lack of substance, but a poverty mentality that binds our hearts and minds from the prosperity of life found in Christ. We are children of God! It begins with knowing your sins are forgiven. Each of us has a Father and He loves us.

I am going to be like Him when I grow up. Ge ready world here I come! I am ready to overcome all wickedness. Grace empowers me to overcome all wickedness. I don’t need law to tell me how to act and what to do. Something inside me knows who I am, but I have to come boldly every day to the throne of grace where I can receive mercy and find grace to be who I am.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I am approaching 44 years old in Christ and I have to come boldly to the throne of grace each and every day. I must continue to hear what I have been hearing for these many years. My sins are forgiven. I have a Father who loves me. Every day I must look around in the throne room and to find God’s grace. Grace makes me strong in Him. Grace makes me strong as an expression of His word. I have been a young man who has had to mature to become a father, but as a father I am also still a young man in my heart and mind for the sake of overcoming every wicked one. I boldly come to the throne of grace so I can receive mercy. I am a child of God My sins are forgiven. I have a Father who loves me. If I don’t know that, I won’t look at people in the world with correct vision. He shed His blood and paid the price for me before I boldly came into the throne room. What I found was what He has already done for me. He has already done it for every human being on planet earth. Someone needs to show those still bound to the kingdoms of the world the way to the throne room of grace. This is not some law of justice, but an invitation to come and receive mercy. It is an invitation to hear it in their hearts and to hear it in their minds – My sins are forgiven. I have a Father who loves me. Those bound to the administration of law and conscience need to see an example of what it looks like when human beings find grace. Someone who has found grace can now show mercy to those who are still bound to conscience and law. Someone who only knows conscience and law, when they are faced with an issue of injustice, will always demand a justice based upon the knowledge of good and evil.

When this is the case, you know they haven’t tasted grace. Why do I want to be a person of grace? Is being a person of grace the means to having help when the rent is due? Is it so I have help getting a job when I need a job? Is it so I will have help getting a new car when my car breaks. No, I need His grace so that while I am in this world I look like Him and I grow up and become a father who lives for the sake of others.

We must grow up. We must overcome every wicked thing. Not because the wicked one is attacking the church, but because the church has been anointed to destroy what is wicked. We have been called and commissioned in Christ to overcome every wicked thing.

Holy Spirit would you visit us with your presence and show us our Father’s love? Holy Spirit empower us to be children of God who grow to be strong in Your presence and strong in being the substance of God’s word. Empower us to be people who live for the sake of others in this world. Write upon our hearts and minds Your testimony of love so we will be quick to show mercy to those who do not understand. We want to shine in the darkness so that those in darkness can be drawn to the light of Christ in our hearts.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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